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Collaborative Success Stories: A-maize-ing Work


Corn Field

Research conducted at the University of Missouri has been a building block for decades of corn production improvements.

MU researcher Dr. Marcus Zuber developed Mo17, a derivative of maize, in 1964. Since then, his innovation has had a signifcant impact on corn research across the globe.

Mo17 has been used to cultivate corn hybrids, produce high-resolution genetic maps, develop biofuels and advance corn research. The maize derivative is characterized by its resistance to leaf blight, a destructive fungal plant disease, as well as the ability to self-pollinate under semi-drought conditions. Although it was developed decades ago, Mo17 continues to be used regularly in current genetic research and maize studies.

Mo17 is used extensively by scientists at MU’s Plant Transformation Core Facility to create crops with new characteristics, such as drought resistance. The corn has proved a valuable resource in helping scientists in MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources lay the groundwork for creating resilient crops and feeding the growing population.

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Related Initiative(s):
Food for the Future